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Sineu: Red Tape delays Church Reform

The parochial church of Santa Maria has dominated the town of Sineu for almost 900 years

The parochial church of Santa Maria has dominated the town of Sineu for almost 900 years and can be seen from miles away over the fertile agricultural plains of central Mallorca. Its architecture
is described as Austere Gothic, typical of the Crown of Aragon which controlled the Kingdom of Mallorca all those years ago.

For this reason it has been declared “Bien de Interés Cultural” by the Consell of Mallorca – the equivalent to a listed building in Britain. Whilst the advantage of this is that the church has to
be well preserved, there are disadvantages too!

The church needs some urgent repairs to its facade and bell tower. Made of sandstone, the ravages of 900 years of weather have taken their toll (pun intended) and around €150,000 needs to be spent
pronto to arrest and repair the damage.

Unfortunately, the technicians of the Consell's Heritage department want the same sandstone that was used in the church's construction to be used in its reform! This means combing through hundreds
of documents in the archives to discover the exact origin of the sandstone, obviously delaying work to the crumbling facade, which currently is swathed in safety netting to prevent accidents.

(I wonder if the stone was quarried at the site of the cavArt club?)

Sineu, at the geographical centre of Mallorca, is well worth a visit, particularly on a Wednesday morning when the local market takes place there in the church
square and around the church's perimeter. It's one of the most important markets on the island and dates back to 1306 when King Jaime II granted the license to hold it.